As the number of releases has gone
through the roof (and that diagram is full lengths only!), and my memory is in bad need of an upgrade, I
decided to write down my experiences with new music, so that I could easily look up what the retarded remains of
my brains wasn't able to remember.
In the very beginning, back in November 2013, I borrowed a folder on a different website that I managed, and I had
to be a bit mindful of the content. In late April 2014 the site moved to Gorger.org where I finally had a realm of
my own to roam free.
On the 5th of June 2015 a translated, but still incomplete site was published, and a month later the range for
Impressions was revised.
The main concept is impressions and reviews of the best contemporary international metal. I try to cover the main
events from "block-buster" bands, as well as débutantes and underground artists, within my preferred genres.
I try to cover every release I receive promos for within my preferred preferences. I've had to grow more picky on
what promos to accept in order to be able to give them all a fair chance trough an appropriate number of spins.
I mainly prioritize releases I have received promos for, even if I occasions hear other releases that I just have
to write about. If you want to promote your music/band/label/artists than
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This site was in Norwegian only until 05.06.15. . Between family and my day job, I felt I was wasting as much
time as I could listening and writing about new (or fairly new) releases. The urge to spread the word on solid
metal releases eventually outgrew my wits.
I decided to add every post from 2015 to the English version, but soon realised I'd be working on this shit till
new-years if I was to translate everything before publishing the new Gorger's Metal. Thus I still got alot
of blanks to fill inn. My goal is to finish translating every piece before 2016.
I still write everything in Norwegian first, but I'll try my very best to translate new posts continuously.
In late September 2014, Islander over at No Clean Singing announced that he
would take a small break in order to do some serious listening. I decided to contribute with some material, as
the site have helped me discovered a lot of goodies. Also it gave me an opportunity to put my English to the test
in the process. The english translations for these 17 reviews/impression can be read on NCS exclusively:
Part II &
Explanation of the different tabs:
News is just an update once in a while. This is not a blog.
Also, I don't do conventional Metal News, as that would be a full-time job in itself,
and super-human or not, I am only one man
Impressions started out as a sorting-process in order to separate the wheat from the chaff before reviewing albums.
It was soon clear that I never had time to do a full scale review of every good album even after this preliminary
sorting. Impressions grew from a “first impression” based on a few (1-3) spins of each album to a more thorough
mini-review based on typically 4-5 rounds. As a one-man-army Impressions help me promote (or slaughter) as many
releases as possible.
Still, I can never be certain an album would not grow even stronger if heard five or ten times more, so this is
still an impression in the true sense of the word, and thus to be taken with a grain of salt. This should nevertheless
form a more than valid basis to determine if the release is worthy of your time and hard earned cash.
My original scale consisted of only Approved and Disapproved. An average Middling was added
in February 2014, but a scale of three gradations was still scarce when it comes to separating albums with more nuance
than just Good, medium and Poor, thus I revised and replaced V,
vx and X with
five indicators in July 2015. Hopefully this will serve as a better overall evaluation, ranking various grades more accurately.
PRE 1st July 2015:
I rarely waste my time on things I don't already know I'm going to enjoy. I normally pick albums of high
expectations to write reviews of, even if some albums end up end up in this section by accident. Therefore I
have yet, during my first one and a half year, newer really slaughtered any albums. My dice marked I has been
left untouched, and number II has just been used once. There is a solid overweight of IV and V here.
Although a couple of rounds often gives a fine impression, one might need to listen to an album an about ten
times beforeit is firmly seated. Thus, it takes longer to write an album review than to describe an impression.
Don't expect daily updates here.
Boring. Waste of time.
OK! Listenable, but also discardable
Pretty good. Check it out.
Very good indeed. Recommended!
Supreme! Excellent! Classic!
DR - Dynamic Range is a measurable aspect of sound that indicates the range between high and low volume within each song.
Higher DR provides greater contrast between soft-spoken and loud passages. Such a natural diversity between frail and
delicate tones from quiet acoustic instrumentation to abrupt and fierce riffs and thundering drums
gives the music a more natural and vital feel, creates more lively energy in the music. Good dynamic registry also
provides more elbow room, breathing room or breathing space, which gives the various instruments and other audio
elements more leeway, so that the entire spectrum of the music becomes audible in the sound. Good DR is especially
welcome in intense music, which can be more tiresome to listen if it's sonically compressed.
The Loudness War:
Music always sounds better with more volume. Higher volume gives a better first impression than low volume. When the
big commercial companies discovered this, they began to mix/master discs with higher volume. All components were tuned
higher, the total volume was adjusted to the maximum, and the sound got more concentrated. This audio phenomenon is known
Compressed dynamics should not be confused with compressed audio formats (MP3 etc). Every audio format (LP, CD, MP3 etc.)
has limits to just how loud the volume can be. If an element, such as a hard drumbeats, should surpass this limit, it will
be “cut” off. Technically it's like filling a glass of water to the brim; you can keep on pouring, but everything above
the brink will be wasted, lost. The technical term is Clipping. It simply causes the parts of the sound and
frequency that exceeds the margin of the medium to vanish all together.
The Loudness War led to a formidable decline in the dynamic range, and caused many of the individual elements which
initially had the highest volume to suffer
I'm not going to exaggerate the importance of DR. A good production is always more important than both DR and format/medium.
In quieter music, DR has less of an impact on the overall impression than in intense sequences. DR is still the only
measurable, and thus completely objective aspect of sound, and higher DR contributes to a better musical experience where
depth, detail and musical dynamics can show off their best side. Regardless of genre!
Twisted Sister - Under The Blade
Metallica - Master of Puppets
Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
Iron Maiden - Dance of Death
Metallica - St. Anger
Fleshgod Apocalypse – Labyrinth
Metallica - Death Magnetic
My personal experience suggests DR6-7 being the norm nowadays.
≤ DR4 and lower
Fair enough, hardly.
What one considers to be good or bad on the scale is of course rather subjective,
but a dynamic range under DR7 is normally regarded as brickwalled.
My pseudonym, Gorger, was suggested by a friend of mine, some 15 years ago, when I needed a chat name in them
early days of them internets. I thought it sounded cool, so I grabbed it. To me it has no deeper meaning!
I've been listening to metal since the late 80's. Never ever tired of it!
Favorite styles includes (in no particular order): Heavy Metal, Thrash, Black Metal
(both true and other), Death Metal, Death/Doom,
Funeral Doom, Folk, Viking-metall and
some Goth Metal.
I have an ambivalent relation to: NWOBHM, Technical Death Metal and Grind/Goregrind.
Not a big fan of: Gothenburg Metal, Progressive Metal, "Epic/Female Fronted Metal",
Power Metal, Post-Metal/Shoegaze, Doom and Stoner Doom.
I truly despise: Metalcore/Nu-metal. This is not metal!
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